Isidro Vildosola: the one-armed runner

Isidro Vildosola was 14 when he had rescued his cousin who got stuck in a rice thresher. He was able to do so but without his right arm in pain. It was amputated the very next day without anesthesia because there was none available in any hospital in Koronadal City.

But that didn’t stop Coach Sid to literally run his life. He won silver during the 2011 Paralympic Games in Australia in the 5,000-meter run and 1,500-meter run; and another during the 2010 Paralympic Games in China in the 1,500-meter run.

He also won bronze during the 2009 Paralympic Games in Malaysia, gold during the 2007 Paralympic Games in Thailand, and gold during the 2005 Paralympic Games in Manila. These are all in the 800-meter run.

In the 1,500-meter run, Coach Sid had two golds during the 2007 Paralympic Games in Thailand and the 2005 Paralympic Games in Manila. He also won bronze during the 2007 Fespic Games in Malaysia.

As of September 11, 2011, Coach Sid is ‘looking forward’ for the London Paralympics. He had to qualify, first, however, with the Frankfurt Marathon in Germany.

“Huwag silang magtago, mahiya o matakot na kantiyawan o kutyain. I challenge them to show their talents and be discovered. I know that there are a lot more in provinces. Share it to the community and don’t lose hope.” ~Coach Sid in an interview with Vincent Go

  Photo by Mario Ignacio IV for Vera Files

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